French: Albatros à tête grise German: Graukopfalbatros Spanish: Albatros cabecigrís
J. R. Forster
vicinity of the Antarctic Circle and in the Pacific Ocean
Circumpolar in Southern Ocean, breeding from Cape Horn E to Campbell I.
70–85 cm; male 3096–4345 g, female 2840–4175 g; wingspan 180–220 cm. Clearly hooded, but only indistinctly capped. Adult has grey hood, darkest... read more
Wailing and croaking calls like those of most other mollymawks, especially T. melanophris. read more
Marine and pelagic, rarely approaching land except at colonies; favours much colder surface waters... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly cephalopods (Todarodes, Kondakovia longimana, Histioteuthis eltaninae) and fish (Myctophidae, ... read more
Biennial, when successful; starts early Sept–Oct with return to colony, thereafter pre-laying exodus (by females) lasts on average c... read more
Disperses widely over Southern Ocean, mostly between 65° S and 35° S, reaching 15° S in... read more
Status and conservation
ENDANGERED. World population estimated at c. 500,000–600,000 birds in late 1990s, with c. 80,000–95,000 pairs breeding in any one year; 17,000 pairs on Diego Ram... read more
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